by MARCUS MUSHONGA
HARARE – DEMAND for internet in Tanzania is soon to be addressed after Liquid Telecom acquired Raha, the East African country’s leading internet service provider.
The acquisition will see Liquid Telecom, the Econet Group’s data, voice and internet protocol- providing entity, increase penetration’s presence in Tanzania through the newly acquired Raha thereby providing widest network and services.
Liquid Telecom, which boasts presence in Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo , Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe will consolidate their dominance in Tanzania through Raha.
“We welcome Raha as the latest exciting addition to the Liquid Telecom group. Tanzania is a rapidly growing and dynamic African market, and through this acquisition, we will be able to greatly support the demand for internet access across the country,” Nic Rudnick, Liquid Telecom group Chief Executive Officer, said.
Raha will immensely benefit from Liquid’s fibre network thereby providing local businesses with access to one single network that runs all the way from Cape Town up through Dar es Salaam and onto Nairobi, which stretches an estimated distance of over 40 000km.
Raha CEO, Aashiq Shariff, said Raha could explore new ways to increase connectivity within Tanzania as well as to the rest of the region.
“We will also benefit from the group’s skills and expertise, helping us to achieve our vision of a more connected Tanzania,” said Shariff.
This development on fire optic also connects more 12 countries along the way making it one of the largest fibre networks in the continent alongside.
Raha currently serves over 1 500 businesses, as well as a growing number of retail customers with a range of connectivity solutions, including fibre, satellite, WiMAX and WiFi.
– CAJ News